Belgrade, Serbia – World 100m record holder Asafa Powell made his eagerly anticipated 2007 debut a notable one, running a world leading 9.97 in the 100m to highlight the second Artur Takac Memorial in the Serbian capital.
“What a relief,” said Powell, whose season opener had been postponed by more than a month due to tendonitis off the knee. “I’m really happy to get it over with. I’m happy with it and am looking forward to bigger things.”
“It” was the 26th sub-10 second performance of career, the fastest of the young season, and, of most significance for the enthusiastic crowd of 15,000 at Partizan Stadium, the fastest ever run in Serbia.